Dongfang Zhou (38-China) visited his old stomping ground, Old Trafford.
“Nice to see you again, Dong Fangzhou,” Manchester United posted on its official social media accounts on Wednesday (Aug. 12), adding an emoji of the Chinese flag. Wearing a white top, Dong Fangzhou arrived at Old Trafford to meet and chat with former United teammate Wes Brown (44-England).
Dong Fangzhou has been dubbed a “continental miracle”. Born in 1985, he made his professional debut for Chinese side Dalian Sturm. In 2004, at the age of 19, he joined Manchester United in the English Premier League (EPL) and shocked the world. In terms of age, he wore a United shirt before Park Ji-Sung (42). Park joined United from PSV Eindhoven in 2005.
His signing was directed by former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Ferguson said of Dongfang Zhou, “He’s a striker with tons of potential. He could be the next Gabriel Batistuta.” Batistuta is a legendary Argentine striker.
Dong Fangzhou has made a total of three appearances in a United shirt. One in the Premier League, one in the UEFA Champions League (UCL), and one in the League Cup. He did not record a goal or an assist. All three games were away from home, so he never played at Old Trafford. He eventually lost his place in the starting lineup and was sent on loan to Royal Antwerp in Belgium.
He never made it back to United and went on to play for Dalian Sturm in China, Legia Warsaw in Poland, Portimonense in Portugal, Henan Billows in China, and Hebei FC before retiring from active duty in 2014. For the Chinese national team, he made 13 appearances in A matches, scoring one goal.
Dong Fangzhou returned to Old Trafford for the first time in almost 15 years, and he became United’s ‘victory fairy’. Today, Old Trafford hosted the 12th round of the 2023-24 Premier League between United and Luton Town. Luton Town is a newly-promoted team that arrived in the Premier League for the first time this season.
The home side, United, had a difficult time finding the back of the net in front of their loyal supporters. The only goal came from defender Victor 토토사이트 Lindelof in the 14th minute of the second half. In the end, they managed to hold on for a hard-fought 1-0 win and keep their pride intact. They are currently in 6th place.